Mississippi attorney Mike Espy has been appointed as one of the fifteen members of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the BP oil spill case. An Order entered by Hon. Carl J. Barbier on October 8, 2010 in In re Oil Spill by The Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” appointed Espy and fourteen others to the committee.
Among other things, a Plaintiffs Steering Committee is responsible for assisting in the coordination of all of the plaintiffs’ cases within a multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceeding. Selection is considered highly competitive and can result in lucrative legal fees.
Mike is a former Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture and a former United States Representative from Mississippi’s Second Congressional District. Espy was the only Mississippi attorney appointed to the steering committee.